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"The History of the Night's Watch - House Lannister"[3] is the sixth short of the first season of Histories & Lore. It is the sixth short of the series overall. It was released on March 6, 2012 in Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season. It was narrated by Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister and written by Bryan Cogman.


Tywin Lannister explains the conventional wisdom of the south that the Night's Watch is a useful place to send rapists, thieves, and the odd village idiot, but nothing more.[3]


Tywin Lannister: Long ago, in the wintry North, an army of demons emerged from beneath the icy ground and spread darkness and despair across the land. Astride their monstrous spiders, flanked by giants, they wreaked havoc on the innocent, slaughtering thousands.

All hope was lost until the fearless warriors of the first Night's Watch drove them back into the wintry mountains and built a magic wall to keep them from ever invading again. These stalwart Brothers in black continue to protect us even to this day from the evils that lurk in the shadows.

An absurd lie, a fairy tale, spun by many a wetnurse in the North. To be sure, a giant wall does exist - a triumph of engineering, perhaps, but not of "magic". As for the Night's Watch, there may have been a time, centuries ago, when there was prestige and honor in the miserable, monastic life of a Black Brother.

But now the Wall has become a glorified penal colony, full of outcasts, criminals and assorted ne’er-do-wells. Today, a typical man of the Night's Watch most likely started out a lowly beggar, or a rapist, or a village idiot. As for the few highborn watchmen, they either fought on the losing side of a war, or were disowned by their parents for one reason or another.

Those who persist in defending the Night's Watch will claim the Seven Kingdoms need protection from the wildling tribes of the Far North. But there's little to fear from those primitives. They’re a nuisance, but not sophisticated or powerful enough to be a significant threat to the realm. And any talk of "White Walkers" returning with their armies of the dead and their giant spiders and their snarks, is just that: Talk.







Behind the scenes[]

  • This is the third of three shorts on the history of the Night's Watch.


  1. Jacob Klein (March 4, 2012). Game of Thrones DVD & Blu-Ray Available 3/6!. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 6: "The History of the Night's Watch - House Lannister" (2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (2012).
  4. Dan Selcke (September 20, 2017). Bryan Cogman is developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 14, 2023.